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    August 28, 2013
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think we all leave with heavy hearts, note that so many came before us to get us here at this moment and now it's our opportunity to keep the dream alive. as dr. king would say, let freedom ring. >> let it ring. free at last. now we're going to throw it to lee and john berming aren. >> with this faith we will be able to huz out of the mountahe. this is the national lead. from every mountainside, let freedom ring. half a century after he let the historic march, would dr. king say his dream has come true? the world lead. the u.s. appears to be on the brink of military action in syria. it looks like president obama will move forward without u.n. approval. would they do it without the
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approval of congress too? and also, in national news, he made the jury's job easy, showing no remorse for slaughtering 13 people at ft. hood. now it appears that nang middle hassan will get what many say he wanted all along -- a death sentence. i'm john berman, filling in for jake tapper today. we begin with the the national lead. they came from all over the country, by car, by train, by bus, 250,000 people packed into the national mall here in washington, d.c. the day was hot, they marched through the nation's capital. they were standing in the sun mopping sweat from their brows when the moment arrived, when dr. martin luther king jr. shared his dream. >> i have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will
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not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. it became clear that day with it wasn't clear already that change was coming. this was the scene at the national mall on that day, august 28th, 1963. and this was the scene at the mall today. on the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. 50 years since dr. king took the podium with a vision of abraham lincoln looking on from the memorial perch. the king family rang a bell at the mall in unison with bells at more than 300 sites across the country from alabama to alaska at the very hour that dr. king implored the nation to led freedom ring. in washington they say it's a great drizly late summer day, but no way it would stop this crowd from coming out. they listened as president barack obama who's presidency may never have been possible without the sacrifices of dr. king and so many others, as
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president obama reflected on the legacy of this day along with former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter. >> we rightly and best remember dr. king's soaring or torrie that day, how they gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions, how he offered a salvation path for oppressed and oppressors alike. >> they opened minds, they melted hearts, and they moved millions, including a 17-year-old boy watching alone in his home in arkansas. >> i was really grateful, when the king finally adopted me as the presidential candidate in 1976. every handshake from dr. king, every hug from coretta god me a million yankee votes.
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and she is not a president, but she is a queen to many americans. oprah winfrey was also on hand today. >> i remember when i was 9-year-old and the march was occurring. i asked my mama, can i go to the march? it took me 50 years, but i'm here. >> it was a stirring day, but also a day to take stock of where race relations really are in this country today. we are lucky this afternoon to be joined by the governor of the great state of massachusetts, governor deval patrick. thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you for having me, john. >> you were ringing the bell as the only black governor in the united states, the first black governor in massachusetts. on this day 50 years ago you were just 7 years old. what are your memories of that day? what did that day mean to you? >> well, i have a vague memory of the black and white tv in my grandparents' living room that
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you had to warm up well before the program you wanted to watch was on. and those flickering images, and the power of that speech. not fully appreciating all of the elements of it, certainly the rhetorical essence of it, but not all messages, but understanding that something important was happening and that it was about me and people like me all over the south side of chicago, and all over the country, and more to the point that it was about the american dream, not just a call for racial healing, although it was certainly that, but about being true to fundamental american ideals that call to us over the ages, and still do today. >> you were speaking about the american dream. your friend, president obama was speaking about that dream as well today. i'm wondering about your reaction to the president's speech. he said the march on washington teaches us there are -- that we are not trapped in the -- we are not trapped by the mistakes of
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history, should i say. what does that say to you? >> i think very well said. you know, we -- the framers of our constitution and the signers of the declaration of independence committed this country to certain civic ideals, and we're unique among nations in the sense we're not organized in the way other countries are organized. we're not organized around a common language or religion, our even a common culture, but around these civic ideas. we have defined them over time and through struggles as opportunity, freedom and fair play. it was thomas jefferson, i think, who coined the phrase that the price of that liberty will be eternal vigilance. so frim through our history, whether at the gettys burg address, that lincoln delivered or dr. king's speech 50 years ago on the mall, we are called back to remember and recommit ourselves to those ideals, and to close the gap between our
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reality and our ideals. >> he was also talking about race today. in that spirit, i want to play you something the former secretary of state colin powell said this week about what he would like to hear from the president. >> i would like to see him be more passionate about race questions. we're not there yet. we've got to keep working on it. so for the president to speak out on it is appropriate i want do you think it's different for president obama to speak about race? is it challenging for him as the first african-american presidents. you're friends. is this something you spoke to him about this. >> i think the president understands, as most do, we are in this -- poised between acknowledging the extraordinary progress we have made, much of it in my lifetime and the president's lifetime, and also the progress that remains to be made. the march in 1963 happened in the immediate aftermath, or the short aftermath of toll taxes
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and emmett till. we commemorated it in the short aftermath of voter disenfranchisement initiatives in north carolina and texas, and trayvon martin. we -- and in between it's not that we are stuck. it's not that that's a cause for despair. it's a reminder of that point that thomas jefferson made that i referenced a minute ago, that our freedom, all of our freedom as americans depends on eternal vigilance and renews our commitment. >> the president talked about economics, and he talked about jobs. he talked about the fact that the black unemployment rate is disproportionately high to the white unemployment rate, and by any measurements there are still issues in this country facing african-americans. >> and enormously important, just as we point to the presidents or my own political success, to the economic success of the numbers of black
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millionaires and other professionals who have moved forward, that we acknowledge there are black people, brown people, poor white people still struggling in this country, still trying to get their toehold in the american dream and that all of us have a stake in trying to make that dream real. we currently have an african-attorney general, eric holder. there are people who say he may not be staying on for the whole second term and there are people suggesting that perhaps you would be a selection the president would want to look to to be the next attorney general. if he called you and said, governor, be my attorney general, what would you say? >> first of all, we have a great attorney general and i'm very, very proud of the work that eric holder is doing, particularly the initiatives he's spoken to in the last several months. i know he and the president have a very strong working relationship. for me i have the only job in politics i wanted. i'm going to be in it for an hour and a half, and then after
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i finish, i'm looking forward to returning to the private sector. >> thank you, governor. >> thank you, john. investigators continue to gather evidence in syria, and the white house seems ready to move. has the president already made up his mind? plus she pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, but is it her life off the court that is even more unbelievable. [ man ] this isn't my first career. but it might just be my favorite. [ female announcer ] welcome to the new aarp. we're ready to help you rediscover purpose and passion with programs like life reimagined to inspire you and connect you, resources to help turn your goals and dreams into real possibilities.
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from using chemical weapons again, according to one official. the american public hasn't see proof, but the obama administration has sounded increasingly hawkish in recent days, saying it has no doubt those weapons were used by president assad against his own people. the united nations inspectors in syria are looking for evidence at this moment. secretary-general ban ki-moon urged for patience while the inspectors do their job. >> the team needs time to do its job. never say -- give peace the chance. give diplomacy a chance. stop fighting and start talking. the time for talk appears to be nearing an end for the u.s. the state department says too much time has passed for the --
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great britain has taken a draft resolution to the security council that would authorize necessary measures. there's little chance of that pass. but the state devil haus indicated this is not stop the u.s. from taking action. >> we cannot be held up in responding by russia's intrance jens -- continued intrance jens at the united nations, that frankly the situation is so serious, it demands a response. a group of lawmakers, mostly republicans, content president obama a letter yesterday, demanding he consult congress before ordering a strike. right now there are four u.s. war ships in the region, and an official tells cnn two submarines are now in the area as well. but for americans, overwhelmingly want to stay out of syria. our own frederik pleitgen is the
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only western reporter in the capital of damascus right now. >> reporter: the prime minister came out everier today, say he thinks the u.s. is using, quote, false evidence to create a pretext to try to go to war. also the information minister speaking to me says he believes the u.s. doesn't have any sort of proof and it should show proof before talking about strikes here. the syrian government also says it feels that the u.n. weapons inspectors should be given more time to complete their mission, to gather evidence on the ground. they were on the ground again today. they were in a neighborhood that had one of the highest death tolls from that alleged attack that happened here on wednesday. they do say that they've gotten more valuable evidence. however, of course, people here in damascus, and the government as well realize it's probably not a matter of if, but a matter of when. i talked to ordinary people, and being in the government-controlled part of
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damascus, of course, a lot of them are sympathetic, and a lot had been able to lead quite a normal life even through the conflict. they sea the artillery being fired, they see the plumes of smoke rising up, but their lives haven't been affected that much. now they say that they are getting worried. we know that some people are stocking up on dried foods, canned food, because they're afraid all of this could change the balance on the battlefield. they don't fear that rockets are going to hurt them, but they fear that perhaps the assad regime could start losing territory and the fight could come to damascus. >> our frederik pleitgen in damascus, again the only television reporter currently there. we are lucky to have him there. dana bash reporters that the intelligence report on sir yaw was delivered to key members of congress yet. we are still waiting for a public release, so the question is how close is the u.s. at taking military action in syria, and how will syrian presidnt
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assad respond. let's bring in andrew tabler, an expert on syria and the assad family, a senior fellow at the washington institute. in new york, chris tore harmer, the senior naval analyst at the institution for the study of war. he thorred a study last might that surgical strikes could de -- at a relatively small cost, but says using the air strikes is counterproductive. chris, i want to start with you. i want to read a quote from "los angeles times" today. one u.s. official who as briefed on the options on syria said he bled the white house would seek a level of intense legitimate just muscular numb not to be mocked, but not so devastating -- you're looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than sim bo bowlic, he says, just muscular enough. what do you think the cruise
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missiles will do. >> my take on this is doing something very small like that is worse than doing nothing at all. we have the ability to significantly degrade the syrian air force. the question is, what strategic purpose does that serve? what we have right now in syria is literally millions of civilians who are not aligned, looking for some reason to believe that the u.s. is going to help them in their fight. if we dot helps. it may be the last best hope is to ally themselves can al qaeda. the presence in extremely negative for our long-term strategic interests. if we don't intervene decides i have beenly we were not intervenal all. we tend to talk about options in sort of antiseptic terms. let's keep in mind we're talking about 100,000 dead people, 2 million refugees, this is a huge
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taern crisis of epic proportions. >> i just want to follow up. president obama made a famous statement. the president said he was -- he said i'm not opposed to all wars, just dumb wars. >> yeah. in your opinion, would just be sending in a cruise missile attack without follow up, would that constitute a dumb war? >> i don't want to say it's dumb. the president faces some very bad options the he's got bad options. worse options, horrible options. there is no clean option here. we're dealing with a very different situation, a very complicated situation. i would say that doing something cosmetic would be worse than doing nothing at all. right now if we do something just cosmetic, assad will know he hayes relative immunity from us. he can continue to do whatever he wants. >> let's talk about bashar al assad. andrew, you've been studying syria and the -- every day he's
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hearing this saying an attack really appears imminent. what did he do now? >> he's ordering the force toss evacuate the bases he thinks will be hit. and he's trying to come up with a plan on exactly what happens after this. this will be quite public, hard like a lot of israeli attacks, hard for him to shrug off, and so we can expect -- a lot of bluster. the question is what does he do in terms of direct retaliation or indirect. >> that's exactly light. israel has bombed before. >> many times. >> and no direct retaliation. he says there would be retaliation this time, but would this be something that hezbollah in lebanon will take on? >> he probably would say as israel bombed, he reserves to respond at a time of his choosing, which appears tough. the only real response, and it could come via hezbollah, but
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the fact of the matter is israel's northern front is locked and loaded. they're ready for this kind 6 attack. i don't think he'll risk it. >> what are the rebels thinks? they're seeing the u.s. talking about a military strike right now. do they think it's enough to turn the tide? or are they begging for more? >> they want a stronger strike, especially -- the more extremist groups, their leaderships are running for cover, because they think the u.s. might hear their command and control. so a lot of ins and outs here. we'll have to watch the reactions. >> andrew, christopher harmer, thank you so much for joining us. an interesting discussion that i feel will go on for a few days. in "the sports lead" he survived a kidnapping at gunpoint and almost lost her father in the haiti earthquake. now vickie duval is celebrating her fist u.s. open win.
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the sports lead. confronted with four u.s. open round 1 matchpoints, she still had the poise and tenacity of a seasoned veteran. it wasn't until she finally clutched victory marking the biggest upset, victoria duval is
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just 17 years old. duval she went into the mar ranked 296, but in just the second grand slam of her career, she defeated 2011 u.s. open champ samantha stower. while her moxie may have shocked the world, it startly stuns those who know here. >> reporter: it took vicki duval nearly three hours and four matchpoints to win on tuesday night. at times it appeared the baby-faced american might give up. but vicky does not give up when things get tough. not on the court and not off it. duval is of haitian descent. she and some cousins were kidnapped when she was 7, held at gunpoint. then three years ago when the devastating earthquake, her father, a physician, was trapped
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welcome back to "the lead." in national news, the man who killed 13 people in the worst mass shooting rampage on a u.s. military post in history got exactly what he said he wanted all along. a military jury recommended the death penalty for the murder er no doubt swayed by one emotional outpouring after another from the family members who lost loved ones in this heinous attack nearly four years ago. cnn's ed lavandera is live at ft. hood where the sentencing came down less than two hours ago. ed, any reaction from the victims' families yet?
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>> reporter: well, john, in just a few moments we're about to hear from some family members that wanted to speak with reporters in the next couple minutes or so that process will begin, but inside that courtroom when the death sentence verdict was read, family members clutched one another. they held on to each other. nadal hassan had no reaction, sat that stoically. he has basically took on the lines. speaking only briefly. the prosecutors really went after him this morning, taking their last time to speak to the jury and spoke poignantly in snapshots in each of the 13 victims, talking about the struggles and pain that each of
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these individual families have been talking about. there was a lot of question how he wanted to be seen around a martyr around the world, but the prosecutor ended by telling the jury that nidal hasan would never be a martyr, because he has nothing to give. he is not giving his life, we are taking his life. as you mentioned, it only took about 2 and a half hours. >> ed lavandera, i really appreciate it, ed. i want to bring in former army sergeant howard ray. he joins us on the phone. he was awarded the army commendation medal. he was credited for saving the lives of six soldiers and three civilians. howard, thank so much for joining us. a little while ago you told my colleague jake tapper that you thought hasan deserved the death penalty. now that he's received that sentence, how do you feel today? >> as a survivor of this atrocity, as an individual i
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feel absolutely wonderful that justice has indeed been served. more importantly, i think this should serve as a reminder to this criminal, this murderer, that, no, you will not die a martyr, and indeed he will die as a result of our wonderful federal prosecution that was done in this case. i think that as a survivor also, i think that the victims are also looking at this as a victory, because now we can move forward with getting the compensation and things that these victims so righteously deserve. how do you feel about the fact that this seems to be exactly what he wanted all along. he offered no defense, he just sat there as the prosecution
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delivered this case. he wanted it for his own selfish -- we focus on what has happened today. i think we should focus on the idea that it's the victims that are receiving the justice, and that he's not getting what he wants out of this decision from the jury. >> does this bring any closure to you? or will there not by closure until the penalties is carried out. >> well, i think this is something that will be ongoing, and has been ongoing for four years now. it would bring some closure, knowing that a jury found that he should die as a result of his acts that he committed,
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murdering 13 men and women, an unborn child. it doesn't ever really go away, but it does help us put the pieces together. >> howard ray, thank you for joining us by phone. as always, we prefer the focus be on the heroes like you rather than the people who perpetuate these atrocities. >> thank you so much. as americans around the country celebrate the march on washington, our next guest says the celebrations are ignoring the real problems the that's next. and did you ever go to a movie with a friend and you can't agree on anything about the film? find out who teared up while watching requests the butler" and who's calling the movie a bunch of lies? nascar is about excitement. but tracking all the action and hearing everything from our marketing partners, the media and millions of fans on social media can be a challenge. that's why we partnered with hp to build the new nascar
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. welcome back to "the lead." i'm john berman in for jake tapper today. president obama's speech on the 50th anniversary on the march on washington both paid tribute to those who gathered in 1963 and cast a hopeful eye towards the future. >> they dared to dream differently, to imagine something better. i am conventioned that same imagination, same hunger of purpose stirs in this generation. change does not come from washington but to washington. the change has always been built on our willingness, we the people, to take on the man tell of citizenship. to talk about the day as a
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whole, columnist clinton yates, host of npr's tell me more michelle martin, and dwayne wickham. michelle, let me start off, general reaction to the president's speech. some people thought he may give a more personal speech, talk about what this day means to him. we didn't hear that so much. >> with all due respect, i don't think it was about him. i don't think the day was about him. i think he had the grace to recognize that. i think the sound bite you picked was absolutely the right one. >> thank you. >> i they will family that feel he's being too cool for school, but he was reflecting his firmly held belief that movements are about the people and not about individuals like him. >> clinton, you wrote a terrific piece about the fact about your father who was in went to work again, for bevly valid reasons, but i think he was 19 at the time. what do you think that 19-year-olds today, 19-year-old
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african-american young men, what did they want to hear? and did they hear it? i want i think that gets to the point about being made more personal. i think that was a big part of what he was trying to explain when he brought up the fact that the goal wasn't just to make more blacks millionaires, but to give people opportunities. there are some people that just want to know they have a shot in this society. that was something that i don't know he addressed as well as he could have, but he did attempt to go there. >> he talked about there's still a long way to go. dwayne, again, you wrote a very interesting piece. critical in a way of the last week about some of these commemorations, saying they miss their mark, they're not talking about the issues that you think are most important. please explain. >> well, i think they spend too much time talking about things in the past. they talked about trayvon martin, who was a tragic case, but we kill in this country 8,000 black-americans, most of
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it black on black crime. that's a catastrophe that has to be addressed. >> can i speak on that for a minute, talking to this question of the president speaking in personal terms. he has paid a political price when he's chosen to do that. i think he's doone that repeatedly in recent weeks and months. his comments about trayvon martin, he 'paid a price with that with a certain group of people, particularly a serve group of white conservative pundits who apparently have not appreciated his remarks, but i think a lot of the people he was speaking to, and the people who love them have very much felt he has spoken to their pain and their concerns very directly. this is not the only occasion. there are family about said as much. >> my point was white conservatives pundits have during this time sized the president for speeding about
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race. they say he shouldn't be talking about it at all. and i understand there are other people, colin powell is an interesting person to be making this point. i think we all know that the president has to walk a fine line. >> just to answer your question before i cede the floor, i think the president was doing what progressives have been trying to do for decades, which is to link the destinies of white less advantaged people with african-american less advantaged people or people of color who are less advantaged, to link that i destinies to point out in which they have shared destinies, in which the country has a shared state of improving the lot of life of all people in this country independents the president went to a place where visionaries spoke, to commemorate what he had said. his vision, change vision was the vision of a visionary, someone who looked into the future and hoped for the best. the president as job today was to talk really politics. he delivered a political
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message. >> i liked it when he brought up the iron curtain and apartheid. in using those two struggles, indicating those two words alone, he made the point that look, the problem with american society is big. i think that a lot of people overlook it. when you talk about apartheid and the iron curtain, you have to take it more seriously. he broadened it out. >> there is another speaker. bill clinton in a way tied martin luther king to what's going on in washington right now. >> martin luther king did not live and die to hear his ayers crying about political gridlock. it is time to stop complaining and put our shoulders against the stubborn gates holding the american people back. >> i think a lot of people sat up straight when they heard that from the president, because it
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does seem just addressed at republicans in this case, but felt a bit like it may be addressed to another person on that podium. you hear a lot of complaints about partisanship on both sides. >> i was surprised, though -- i mean there are two other living presidents. president george h.w. push, had a very strong record on civil rights. why weren't they there? i want and senator tim scott, the republican from south carolina, said he was not invited to come speak. he said this day should be about remembering dr. king and john lewis. >> and for what reason? that's another issue. >> he could have been invited, because she was in south carolina -- >> he was one of 50 senators, and he's appointed, no the elected. >> all right. we'll leave it there. thank you so much for joining us. really appreciate it. coming up next. in hollywood years they were married for an attorney, not
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welcome back for "the lead." there was a discussion why former presidents bush were not
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there for the commemoration of the speech. they were not there because of health issues. now, to the pop lead. perhaps it was all that hpv talk a few months ago or she couldn't watch what was going on, but the near 13-year marriage may be over. the publicist for the couple confirmed rumors they are, quote, taking time apart to 50e68 wait and work on their marriage. the couple have managed to manage one storm at another. but they hadn't been photographed together in months and been vacationing separately with their two children. so "the butler" the film about an african-american butler has summed up as a bunch of lies, and as well as an acted masterpiece by two high-parol file critics. president obama recently saw the
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film, which starses his bestie, opera win friday. he praised the acts and the premise of the story. president obama even admitted to tearing up at one point during the film. but ronald reagan's son michael had a far different take. in a scathing review, he accused filmmakers of disparaging the memory of his father and depicting ronald reagan as a racist. "the butler" was number one at the box office two weeks in a row. coming up next, he was on the steps of the memorial 50 years ago and he was on the stitches again today. one of the heroes of the civil rights movement is now going the superhero treatment. it is. ♪ honey, we need to talk. we do? i took the trash out. i know. and thank you so much for that. i think we should get a medicare supplement insurance plan. right now?
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welcome back to "the lead" everyone. 50 years ago today freedom fighter john lewis confidently and courageously addressed a crowd of nearly a quarter million people at the national mall. the now georgia congressman now hopes to inspire a new generation by sharing his stories from the front lines of the movement through a graphic comic book trilogy called "march." >> in another day and another time there were brave and courageous young feelings that followed the teaching of gandhi, the teachings of martin luther king jr. so when i was beaten and left bloody and unconscious, when i thought i saw death, i was going to die, i never turned to hate. the reason we wanted to write this book is to tell another generation of young people you
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too can do something. you too can be leaders. you too can change things. we have this unbelievable audience that brought the world alive, and you can almost feel and tough and smell the action in this book called "march." on the morning of february 27th, 1960, we gathered to hear will campbell, a minister who had been run out of oxford, mississippi for playing ping-pong with a black man the day before we had gotten word from the nashville chief of police that anyone involved for the protests would be arrested. there were some rumors that drp the police did not intend to stop. campbell said, you attempt to sit in, the business community, the local officials, and
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their -- will all put back. they will let police and the rough element in the white community come into the stories and beat you, but it is your decision. they said go home, another man said, go home. another man said, what's the matter? are you chicken? no sooner did we stake our seats at the upstairs common than some young man began attacking the group downstairs. we immediately went down to join our brothers and sisters. violence does beget violence, but the opposite is just as true. spinning itself, pet -- when there's no fear in facing it. obedient subsided.
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stomping on people, the police conspicuously absent while we were beaten, arrived quickly after the mob wore themselves out. if you do not -- you will be placed until arrest. i was not afraid. i'm placing you under arrest of the i felt free. liberated like i had crossed over. we wanted to change america, to make it something different, something better. there were so many of us to arrest. as they drove us off to jail, we filled every paddy wagon the police had. we started singing "we shall overcome." when my first arrest, the first amendment we were jubilant as we filled the jail cells, and we san we shall be free. john lewis, folks, that man changed america. one person wrote on twitter he hopes they will be teaching
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about john lewis. for years. book one is now officially a best-seller, available in stores and online. it is a fantastic read. that's it for "ed late." i now turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." john, thanks very much. weighs options for a military strike on sir gentleman. hackers take down "new york times" website. the correspondent is here with the paper's latest reporting on syria. plus the emotional 50th anniversary of the march on washington, and the historic speech that galvanized the civil rights movement. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with an historic moment. the country's first african-american president, standing on the steps

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